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Last Updated: Monday, 12 March 2007, 13:32 GMT
FA takes no action over Mourinho
Jose Mourinho
Mourinho's side were trailing 3-1 at half-time against Spurs
The Football Association has decided not to take any action against Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after his alleged comments about referee Mike Riley.

Mourinho denied intending to offend Riley by using a Portuguese swear word during Sunday's 3-3 draw with Tottenham in the FA Cup quarter-final.

An FA spokesman said: "We have spoken to the referee who has clarified that there is no issue for us to pursue."

Mourinho added: "I say this kind of word 10 times in every 15 words."

He added: "I say it 50 times a game, 50 times in training. I don't want to be offensive. I can be emotional but I am polite."

Mike Riley is a good referee so I hope next time we have him, things go back to normal

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea were losing 3-1 at the interval during Sunday's match but Mourinho insisted his use of the word was not directed at the official.

"The word can be abusive if you understand it as an abusive word," he stated.

"I tell the word to my players and myself when I am not happy. It is something I say when the ball hits the post."

Mourinho alleged that there had been controversy in all the Chelsea matches in which Riley had officiated this season.

"In my opinion, he gave too many decisions against us. I don't think they were big decisions but every free-kick in midfield was against Chelsea," he said.

"I am not saying they had a big influence on the result, I am not saying that, but too many free-kicks is a big frustration for the players.

"It breaks the intensity of the game and we are not happy. But that's football.

"All season was not an easy one in our matches with Mr Riley. Against Liverpool, Mohamed Sissoko should be sent off, he wasn't.


"One minute later Michael Ballack is out and we have to play with 10 men for a lot of the time.

"We go to Reading, we play with 10 men, we lose two goalkeepers and not even a yellow card and in this game, there were too many decisions against us.

"But what can I say? He is a good referee so I hope the next time we have him, things go back to normal."

Meanwhile, Mourinho brushed aside concerns over captain John Terry's long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

Reports have suggested talks about a new deal for the England captain have stalled over the length of his contract extension and his pay demands.

However, Mourinho insisted: "John is on a long-term contract. His contract is until 2009. It is a long-term contract and he is a Chelsea player until then, minimum - so no problem.

"It is better if he has a contract until 2015, better for him and for Chelsea.

"But if he has a contract until 2009 and they take one more month or two or three, until they sign a new one, I don't see a drama."

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